For the second in my series on Dorset writers, please welcome Amanda Baber – a writer with a unique approach to local history:
Writing has been part of my core since I was a very small child and it is only since moving to Dorset from Bedfordshire in 2016 that my creativity bounced back. Finding peace after the bereavement of my late partner and finding new love with Nick has released and realised my ambition. Dorset is so inspirational and buzzes with activities for the creative soul but it is the history of Charmouth which drew me back to my writing roots.
At school I was encouraged to write both poetry and prose as I studied my A-Levels. Writing, editing and working with my graphic design skills for different organisations and employers kept my interest alive but I also began my long journey of caring for loved ones and reciprocal loved ones caring for me through the trauma of invisible illnesses.
Now my circumstances allow me to write for charity which I am doing with my Missy book series. In the pipeline are various short stories, poems and books I have written and not published, so keep an eye out for some different genres in the future.
Historical fiction is my chosen subject for my Missy books which came about from putting Missy, my flat coated retriever, together with the local history of our village. Researching in detail, visiting the places I need to portray and meeting people is both necessary and interesting. Missy dreams of the past, our valuable, rich history where characters and scenes of a different era emerge.
During her waking moments (she doesn’t dream all of the time) she relates her real travels with us. So current real places are mentioned and real people. Perhaps you will be mentioned in my next book if you have met us? The reason for all of this is that I wish to bring our adventures to life in a creative story from a dog’s perspective and support good causes at the same time.
My first book is called ‘Missy and the Whitts’ and tells the story of the Whittington sisters. They were iconic characters in Charmouth, related to Dick Whittington of pantomime fame. Read about the ghosts they saw and Missy, being a dog, meets their real cat, called Nemo, who accompanies her. Bringing my art into my books is also fun and I have illustrated this book throughout in pen and ink style.
All payments go to Charmouth Local History Society. It is available on Kindle, in my Conscious Crafties shop, Etsy shop (search for Missy’s Matters) and in local outlets in Charmouth, Lyme Regis, Bridport and Axminster. You can follow me on Facebook as Amanda Baber (author), on my website and as Missy’s Matters on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest, Flickr, YouTube and GooglePlus.
It truly has been a dream come true for me to self-publish my book and the support of people around me has been wonderful. Currently I am working on my next one, due out this year (2018). Do you want to see where Missy goes next?
Full details on Amanda Baber:
My Books are available from the links below through Missy’s Matters and through Kindle. Please follow me through my profile and social media channels to keep up to date with my work. Thank you! https://www.amazon.com/author/amandababer
Missy’s Matters is my Conscious Crafties Shop full of creative, handmade goodies with many donating to good causes. I also have an Etsy Shop.